Firm Profile > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Doorne
JACHTHAVENWEG 121
1081 KM AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 75265, 1070 AG AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The 'hands-on, practical and pragmatic' team at Van Doorne is led by Elisabeth Thole, who clients praise as 'one of the best lawyers in the Netherlands' and 'a go-to person for data protection advice'. The dedicated practice focuses its efforts on five distinct areas of data protection work: GDPR compliance, GDPR regulatory matters, data breaches, data infrastructure mandates and e-commerce issues. It is also involved in novel issues relating to data including AI work, issues arising from the use of algorithms, fintech mandates and blockchain matters. At associate level, Özer Zivali is a key name for cross-border data work with particular expertise in the finance and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Thole

Other key lawyers:

Özer Zivali

Testimonials

‘The team is lead by charismatic and solution-oriented Elisabeth Thole. She has an extremely good standing in the Netherlands and the EU data protection community. Elisabeth is also a strong leader. She makes the difference.’

‘Van Doorne team is the authority in privacy, IT and cybersecurity. They not only have profound knowledge and experience in this field, but speak the language of peers in directly related (IT, PR) fields.’

‘Having been able to work with Elisabeth Thole for a number of years, you come to appreciate not only her authority in her field, but her entrepreneurship, her recognition of qualities and accomplishments of others, and above all, the fact that she is very approachable.’

‘I have worked with Elisabeth Thole on data protection matters for more than a decade. She and her team have extensive knowledge about the challenges companies face with respect to data protection.’

‘Elisabeth Thole is my go-to person for data protection advice in the Netherlands. Her advice is always clear and prompt with an understanding of the commercial setting.’

‘Van Doorne’s lawyers are very aware of the latest developments in the field of privacy law, work meticulously and decisively, and fight for the interests of their client to the last decimal point. In my experience, the lawyers of Van Doorne not only respond to the question that has been asked, but also go deeper into the circumstances that led to that question.’

‘Elisabeth Thole is one of best lawyers in Netherland and her knowledge and way of working is great.’

‘Hands-on, very practical and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Ahold

Atradius

Central Works Council of TNT

D.O.R.C.

Gelre ZIekenhuizen

IDEXX

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

Office Depot

PSO Nederland

Tesa

Texas Instruments

TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Wigo4it

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Alternative dispute resolution is a strength at Van Doorne, particularly in respect of arbitration and mediation. Bas van Zelst is buiding a leading reputation in ADR both academically and in legal practice, and steers a multidisciplinary team across a varied caseload of domestic and international business disputes. These include liability claims, corporate and commercial contracts disputes and employment matters, to name a few.

Practice head(s):

Bas van Zelst

Other key lawyers:

Walter Hendriksen; Simone Hoogeveen; Sjoerd Kamerbeek

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Van Doorne is highly active in the field of cross-border investigations, with a strong following among both listed and non-listed companies in this area. The firm is also notable for its work in the non-profit and public fields, working with other departments within the firm such as education and healthcare on investigations. Bribery and sanctions specialist Jan Leliveld leads the overall practice, and is highly active in criminal proceedings, while counsel Vanessa Liem leads the internal investigations practice, frequently collaborating with big four accountancy firms to manage investigations across multiple jurisdictions. Ed van Liere is another key figure within the team, focusing on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jan Leliveld; Vanessa Liem

Other key lawyers:

Ed van Liere; Rutger ten Ham

Testimonials

‘Ed van Liere and Jan Leliveld are specialists. Pleasant to work with.’

‘In fraud and white collar Jan Leliveld stands out in the market. ’

‘Jan Leliveld was closely connected and aware of sensitivities.’

‘Rutger ten Ham: clever and adequate associate – hands on and great value for money.’

‘Jan Leliveld: very responsive and effective. Clever translation to the business, makes a difference and eases legal worries with the client. Problem solver.’

‘Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere are extremely capable of dealing with large complicated cases. Their team is very adequate.’

‘Vanessa Liem is incredibly dedicated to the case, handling at the same time tricky legal questions and very concrete aspects of the investigation process. Her energy and pragmatism enable her to solve problems very efficiently.’

‘Jan Leliveld is very hands-on, easy to work with and gifted. He is definitely one of the best in the field of economic criminal law.’

‘Highly experienced team, both in litigation and in internal investigations. Van Doorne can build a dedicated skilled team who can execute large amounts of work in a limited time. Their pragmatic approach enables them to work efficiently, anticipating material or legal difficulties. Great individuals to work with!’

‘Jan Leliveld provides accurate analysis of complex situations. Due to his long experience of white-collar crime cases, he anticipates possible evolutions of cases and legal consequences of investigation findings. His relational qualities help to handle elegantly sensitive situations.’

‘Van Doorne has a varied team. The team consists of experienced lawyers, as well as lawyers who used to work for companies and the investigative authorities.’

‘Ed van Liere and Jan Leliveld are very experienced criminal defence lawyers. They are nice to work with and very accessible. They maintain good contacts with the prosecution service. This makes them a suitable adviser in settlement negotiations.’

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Van Doorne’s multidisciplinary food team focuses on corporate matters and disputes, with ancillary expertise in commercial, IT, IP, real estate and employment law. Acting for domestic and international clients, the firm handles cross-border product recalls, takeovers and mergers, and contract negotiations concerning distributorships and sourcing agreements. Key practitioner Lisette Bieleveld handles commercial matters, consumer and liability law, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lisette Bieleveld

Other key lawyers:

Bart van Reeken; Kriek Wille

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable in the specific field of distribution and agency contracts’.

‘Enormous diversity of expertise’.

‘They are friendly people and knowledgeable’.

Key clients

Agrico B.V. (potatoes)

Ahold Europe Real Estate & Construction B.V. (Albert Heijn and Gall&Gall)

AMC Grupo Alimentacion Fresco y Zumos S.

Baarsma Wine Group Nederland

Barentz N.V.

Bedo Imex B.V. (Akdos)

Bergbanket B.V.

Bio Detection Systems B.V.

Carbonell Nederland B.V.

C.I.V. Superunie B.A.

Coöperatieve Inkoopcombinatie Dranken Compagnie U.A.e

Cott Corporation (private label producer of non-alcoholics)

Detailresult Services B.V. (Dirk van den Broek and DekaMarkt)

De Banketgroep B.V. (waffles, cookies and cakes)

Distilleries Group Toorank B.V.

Drie Mollen International B.V.

Dutch Bakery Holding B.V.

Eden Springs

Emmi Benelux B.V.

Enkco

Euro-Caps B.V. (coffee and coffee pads)

Europastry SA

Fernandez

FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V.

General Mills

Giorgi Global

Healthspan Ltd.

ISK Bioscience Europe N.V.

JDE Peet’s

KFC Holdings B.V.

Klaas Puul B.V.

Koninklijke Agrifirm Group

Koninkijke Ahold Delhaize N.V.

Lenger Seafoods

Marine Harvest ASA (sea

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

The ICT team at Van Doorne is a market leader in global outsourcing and cloud transactions. It continues to explore new technology areas with clients, including AI, fintech, digital health and blockchain. The multidisciplinary team draws on strength from its experts in data protection and security, regulatory compliance, employment, and IP protection and enforcement. Bart van Reeken advises on outsourcings, IT projects and joint ventures, and counts large Dutch banks, insurance companies and multinationals among his client base. Counsel Louis Jonker focuses on disruptive technologies and innovations in the financial sector.

Practice head(s):

Bart van Reeken

Other key lawyers:

Louis Jonker; Ruud de Kleijn

Testimonials

‘Practical, pragmatic, insightful, solution-focused, no-nonsense legal advice’.

‘As part of the negotiation of law, demonstrated ability to quickly compare and contrast the law across multiple jurisdictions, highlighting potential risks and opportunities’.

‘Bart van Reeken delivered a unique negotiating approach leveraging simple, common sense examples’.

‘Bart van Reeken’s IT work is phenomenal’.

‘We are consistently impressed with Bart van Reeken.’

‘This practice is unique in being able to understand our complex business needs and the requirements for detailed long-term contracts’.

‘Attention to detail and ability to grasp technical concepts enabled both parties to focus on the substance of the requirements’.

‘Bart van Reeken is very approachable and drives for solutions’.

Key clients

Achmea

Aegon

Aloysius

Amstelring

Bizcuit

CACEIS/KAS BANK

CBS: Statistics Netherlands

Cobase

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Holland AI

Municipality of Leeuwarden

Nederlandse Loterij

NKI-AvL

Radiotherapiegroep

Signicat

Solera

Verbond van Verzekeraars

Wigo4it

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 1

The retail and consumer goods group at Van Doorne has a broad workload, with a particularly notable focus on corporate and M&A, and joint ventures. It is also well regarded for insolvency and restructuring, IP, privacy, and EU and competition law. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld is adept at handling commercial contract litigation, frequently with an international angle. Onno Boerstra advises Dutch and foreign companies, private equity funds and other investors on cross-border transactions. Els de Wind is a key name for employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Lisette Bieleveld

Other key lawyers:

Onno Boerstra; Els de Wind; Elisabeth Thole

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management

Actis

Agrico

Albemarle Corporation

Asadel

Astana Group

AutoBinck Holding

Barentz

Barry Callebaut Belgium

Bedo Imex

BCC (Elektro-Speciaalzaken)

BOVAG

Buckaroo

Carhartt

CBR Fashion Group

Cecil

Cott Coporation

Decathlon

Denon & Marantz Group

Detail Result Groep

D&M

Dutch State Lottery

DRC Capital

Dyson

D.I.O. drogisterijen

Eci Holding

Eichholtz

Electronic Arts

Green Swan

Goossens

Hans Anders Retail Group

Helly Hansen

Hornbach

Hunkemöller International

IMPS

Intergamma (Gamma and Karwei)

INTRAKOOP, Coöperatieve Inkoopvereniging voor zorg en welzijn U.A.

KFC

Klaas Puul

Laboratoires La Prairie

LG CNS Europe

M7 Real Estate

McArthurGlen Group/Simon Property Group

North Technology Group

Ottravo

Onkenhout&Onkenhout

Paradox Interactive

Patta

Princess Stores

Prominent

Rautaruukki

Renault Nederland

Retail Estates N.V.

Rockstars

Royal Ahold Delhaize

Royal Sanders

Staatsloterij

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

Van Doorne’s integrated insurance group sits within its dispute resolution practice. It is well regarded for its expertise in financial insurance products, including professional indemnity, D&O, W&I, and for its strength in cyber insurance. In the professional negligence space, it acts for civil law notaries, attorneys at law and tax lawyers in malpractice claims on behalf of insurers. Annemieke Hendrikse handles national and international disputes, acting for insurers, and directors of companies and non-profits, including housing corporations and healthcare institutions. Walter Hendriksen is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Annemieke Hendrikse; Walter Hendriksen

Other key lawyers:

Simone Hoogeveen

Testimonials

‘One of the top firms for D&O insurance claims with strong capabilities for both insurance coverage work and defence of directors and officers. ’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse has excellent negotiation skills and is a good strategist.’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse has gained deep knowledge of D&O insurance claims.’

Key clients

AGCS

AIG

ANV

AON

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI

Nationale Nederlanden

Zurich

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Real estate financing is the key order of business at Van Doorne, and the firm represents a range of both domestic and foreign lenders in such deals, including refinancing deals as well as new facilities. Angelique Thiele leads the team alongside Stefan van Rossum, with Thiele primarily handling the real estate financing work, while van Rossum’s expertise lies in the field of financial restructuring, with a client list that includes several distressed debt investors as well as banks. On the leveraged financing side, Roel Botter is a key figure within the team, while associate Babette Vos is highly recommended for Pfandbrief-compliant financings and other German law-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Stefan van Rossum; Angelique Thiele

Other key lawyers:

Roel Botter; Babette Vos

Testimonials

Angelique Thiele and her team have profound knowledge about the legal advice a German Pfandbriefbank would need in the Netherlands. They combine a very commercial approach with a hands-on mentality to get the deal done. The legal advice is always excellent!

Angelique Thiele is very good in negotiations and knows everyone in the market.’

Hands-on approach, backed by strong knowledge about the subjects at hand. Always time for multiple questions. Practical and entrepreneurial mindset.’

Extra personal touch, commitment and dedication.

The Van Doorne team provided an outstanding service in all respects. They were absolutely on top of the legal, commercial, transaction management and client relationship aspects.’

Angelique Thiele is simply one of the best banking lawyers I have worked with in any jurisdiction. She is in complete command of the law and market practice, making her a formidable negotiator, but always maintains a polite and friendly attitude. Highly responsive with an exceptional work rate. A rare ability to distil complex legal issues down to clear relevant advice.’

Key clients

Barings/MassMutual

BentallGreenoak

Aareal Bank

DRC Capital

PGIM Real Estate

Rabobank

Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners

Rothesay Life

RiverBank

Tristan Cap

Kildare

HSBC

Deutsche Hypo

Netherlands > Construction Tier 2

The multidisciplinary real estate development and construction team at Van Doorne is made up of lawyers, civil law notaries and tax experts. It focuses on the non-contentious side of construction law, handling major commercial real estate and housing construction projects, and also deals with disputes and arbitration. Practice head Mark Moolhuizen is recommended for PPPs, tenders, urban developments, commercial lease law and property law. Annerie Ploumen jointly heads the team and is also noted alongside associate Jordie Bakker. Rogier Schellaars joined as partner from Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moolhuizen; Annerie Ploumen

Other key lawyers:

Jordie Bakker; Rogier Schellaars

Testimonials

‘The team at Van Doorne has a clear view on the current market situation.’

‘Mark Moolhuizen and Jordie Bakker are characterised by great enthusiasm, punctuality and broad knowledge’.

‘We’ve been working with the firm for a long time now, and they are responsive, quick, pro-active and they understand our needs without asking’. 

‘The team is very flexible and available; they have a pragmatic attitude, without losing sight of the important legal issues’.

‘Compact, highly qualified team’.

‘Annerie Ploumen has a high level of leadership and stands up for the client’.

‘Extremely capable, legally brilliant, solutions-oriented and with seemingly limitless capabilities of getting the job done in the timelines provided’.

Key clients

ProRail

Aberdeen

Albert Schweitzer Hospital

AM

Amphia Hospital

Amvest

Amsta

Amstelring

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Care Property Invest

Cordaan

De Nijs Construction

Frasers

Het Nieuwe Instituut

Holland Park

Hornbach

Housing Corporation Woonbron

Housing Corporation De Key

Housing Corporation Eigen Haard

Housing Corporation Waterweg Wonen

Inter IKEA Systems

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Municipality of Helmond

Nederlands Kanker Instituut (NKI) Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Niersman Construction Company

Oiltanking Amsterdam

PRA Health Sciences

Radboud University Hospital

Retail Estates

Saxenburgh Hospital

Schiphol Airport / Schiphol Real Estate

Slingeland Hospital

Tergooi Hospital

Vahstal Construction Company

Xior Student Housing

Zaans Medical Centre

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Van Doorne provides 'top-notch arbitration expertise', the practice going from strength to strength following last year's arrival of widely-respected Rogier Schellaars and his team. Schellaars is noted for his 'down-to-earth manner' in explaining complex issues, and leads the team alongside 'highly-skilled' Bas van Zelst. Together, they are 'well-connected in the arbitration community'. The team has secured multiple high-value awards on behalf of clients in international and domestic arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Schellaars; Bas van Zelst

Other key lawyers:

Fleur Potter

Testimonials

‘Van Doorne’s dedicated arbitration team forms part of a larger group of dispute resolution specialists, of over 75 lawyers widely experienced in various subjects. This allowed Van Doorne to field top-notch arbitration expertise (arbitration partner Bas van Zelst). This is exactly what the case required; has proven highly-effective, both in terms of the favourable outcome of the arbitration, and with respect to keeping our management and insurance companies aligned.’

‘Bas van Zelst is highly skilled in arbitration. He combines his academic expertise with a pragmatic and results-oriented approach. We particularly appreciate Van Doorne’s ability to advise clearly and effectively on the appointment of arbitrators. With their arbitration partners Bas van Zelst and Rogier Schellaars being well-connected in the arbitration community, both nationally and internationally, they are able to find the right fit for the case and, subsequently, strike the right tone in the arbitration and get the result. Bas and Simone Hoogeveen also deserve praise for their awareness of governance and regulatory issues, and facilitating our legal team in managing the case internally.’

‘Practical, to-the-point explanation of theoretiocal problems with high financial impact.’

‘Rogier Schellaars is able to explain very difficult issues in a relaxed and down-to-earth manner which gives you confidence that you really understand the issue and gives a basis from which to make a judgement.’

 

Key clients

GeoSolutions

Mr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat

Caratube International Oil

KPMG Accountants

Czech Republic

Strukton Group

Koninklijke Swets & Zeitlinger

Novamedia

Groenleven

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Dispute resolution is a core area of practice at full-service firm Van Doorne, which attracts high-profile instructions from leading domestic and international companies. Clients highlight the team's expertise, professional connections and service delivery, describing practice head Jasper Leedekerken as 'very strategic' with 'superb' client handling skills. Other key partners include Walter Hendriksen, recommended for insurance-related disputes; head of commercial, the 'standout' Lisette Bieleveld; professional liability specialist Simone Hoogeveen; and Sjoerd Kamerbeek.

Practice head(s):

Jasper Leedekerken

Other key lawyers:

Walter Hendriksen; Lisette Bieveld; Simone Hoogeveen; Sjoerd Kamerbeek

Testimonials

‘I have worked on numerous Supreme Court appeals with Van Doorne. In my experience the commercial litigation practice of Van Doorne is very solid, good quality and very nice people. I work in particular with Jasper Leedekerken. He is an excellent lawyer, very strategic and well balanced. His client handling skills are superb.’

‘The unique practice at Van Doorne puts forward its openness and opposition to the client’s decisions they believe are not cost-efficient in order to provide the best results to the business.’

‘Attorney-at-law Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg is a profesional litigator and mediator,  who stands out in giving cost-efficient advice on litigation and possible solvency of the debtors. Always helps to mediate the settlement between our business and the debtors.

‘Van Doorne has a continious fresh and stable partnership. They make you feel comfortable, but show their fresh approach each time. Annemieke Hendrikse and Sjoerd Kamerbeek both have extremely high IQ’s.’ 

‘A very professional, service-oriented team. High expertise, very reliable. Lisette Bieleveld stands out. I have worked with her for many years. She is simply incredibly competent and experienced. It is always a pleasure to work with her. Alexandra Weidner, a senior associate is very fast, very reliable.’

‘Sjoerd Kamerbeek and his team have a robust knowledge of the W&I insurance market and the interaction between concepts of M&A/contract law and insurance law particularly. Experienced team.’

‘Very knowledgeable and connected team, who will keep our interest in mind at all times. Very dedicated and involved/concerned partners within the firm, especially Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg, who always takes the time for you and is very punctual, accurate and creative with his solutions.’

‘This practice has a broad knowledge of the law but also of the economics. This team is on top of your matter, but also fun to work with. Jasper Leederkerken will get quickly to the heart of the matter. He is easy to work with and approachable. The same goes for Sjoerd Kamerbeek. He is a young and intelligent lawyer.’

 

Key clients

Dutch State Lottery

Centerbridge

Innsworth Advisors Limited

KPMG

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

King Street

CEVA Logistics

York Capital

Mid Europa Partners

AIG

Aurelius

Topicus.com

RMS Europe

Street One and Cecil

Exem B.V.

Unitel International Holdings B.V., Tokeyna Management Limited

Netherlands > Employment Tier 2

Van Doorne has noted expertise in pension fund transactions and pensions litigation, cross-border employment law, as well as restructurings and M&A-related employment matters. Els de Wind has 35 years of experience in employment matters and litigation. She jointly leads the practice with the ‘pragmatic and solution-orientedMarjolijn Lips, who focuses on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) matters, flexible workforce issues and outsourcing in the TMT sector. Senior associate Steven Sterk focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sector. Cara Pronk, who is also a senior associate, handles European and international employment law.

Practice head(s):

Els de Wind; Marjolijn Lips

Other key lawyers:

Albert van Marwijk Kooy; Steven Sterk; Cara Pronk

Testimonials

‘Highly knowledgeable team, with quick responses to make sure that actions can be taken’.

‘Good listening skills that lead to more solutions’.

‘The practice is pro-active, organises webinars whenever appropriate and pays a lot of attention to the relationship’.

‘They study the business and the branch and are interested in the activities of the company’.

‘The practice works well as a team and they are all always well informed’.

‘The partner and associates have a fantastic feeling for the business’.

‘Van Doorne’s employment team offer speedy high-quality legal services’.

‘Team members are always available for consultation’.

Key clients

Adyen (Adyen N.V.)

Alexion

Amphenol

CAN-PACK (CAN-PACK Netherlands B.V. and Girogi Global Holdings Inc.)

Crewlink (recruitment agency working for Ryanair)

DAMCO (DAMCO Aluminium Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A.)

Gelre Ziekenhuizen (Hospital)

Gucci

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU Eindhoven)

Hexion

Hilton Foods Group

Infor

Intel (Intel Corporation)

ISS (ISS Holding Nederland B.V.)

Klarna (Klarna Group)

KPMG (KPMG N.V.)

National Opera & Ballet

Scandinavian Tobacco Group (Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S)

Serco Nederland B.V.

Starbucks

SThree Holding B.V.

TFS Derivatives (Compagnie Financiere Tradition)

team.blue | TransIP (TransIP Group B.V.)

SABIC Pension Fund (Stichting Pensioenfonds SABIC)

Pension fund for the Dutch Postal Service (Stichting Pensioenfonds PostNL)

TNT Express Pension Fund (Stichting Pensioenfonds TNT Express)

Pension fund for the timber trade sector (Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Houthandel)

Hewlett-Packard Pension Fund (Stichtin

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Van Doorne has considerable expertise in the healthcare sector and is expanding its presence in the life sciences industry, both domestically and internationally. The practice focuses on corporate and M&A matters, and also provides ancillary advice on regulatory, governance, data protection, competition and IT matters. Willemien Bischot counts large healthcare providers among her client base and is a respected boardroom adviser for a number of major hospitals in the Netherlands. Dimitri van Hoewijk is adept at handling corporate matters in the life sciences sector. Counsel Cees Jan de Boer is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Willemien Bischot; Dimitri van Hoewijk; Cees Jan de Boer

Other key lawyers:

Louis Jonker

Testimonials

‘Louis Jonker has consistently showed deep domain knowledge’.

‘They are ahead of the curve, and think along with the client’.

Key clients

NPM Capital

Medux

Amsterdam UMC

NKI – AVL

Ksyos

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

‘s Heeren Loo

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

GGZ InGeest

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Van Doorne’s practice focuses on corporate and advisory matters in the media and entertainment sector, and also handles contracts, licenses, and disputes and litigation. The practice is well placed to handle multi-faceted media projects, drawing on expertise from its IP, IT, corporate, employment and tax groups. Kriek Wille is a key name for sponsorship and endorsement projects, production and licensing, and litigation. Jeroen Sombezki, who jointly heads the practice with Wille, focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Arbitration specialist Rogier Schellaars joined as partner from Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):

Kriek Wille; Jeroen Sombezki

Other key lawyers:

Rogier Schellaars

Testimonials

‘Kriek Wille is an extremely skilled litigator’.

‘Kriek Wille is an excellent lawyer in every way, and she knows how to leverage her skilled team’.

‘Kriek Wille is in a league of her own, not only is she extremely smart, business savvy and knowledgeable, but she also is a lot of fun to be around’.

‘In their advice, they weighed everything which got us the best result possible, beyond any expectation’.

‘Able to dedicate the right professionals to the issues that matter’.

‘Kriek Wille is a great professional, highly dedicated and very well-known in the media and communications business’.

‘Kriek Wille is a clever litigator, and as a result is very helpful in the transaction practice as well’.     

Key clients

Bertram Group Limited

Bundle B.V.

Durabo B.V.

Erdee Media Group

Influencer Marketing Agency

Keesing Media Group

LG Electronics

Medialane Theater BV

Medialane TV BV

Nederlandse Loterij

NENT Studios

Platform Media Adviesbureaus

Stardust Holding BV

Stichting Cliniclowns

Tele 2 Works Council

Telegraaf Media Group

TGH B.V.

The Player Management

TransIP

Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

Unitel International Holdings

Vidcon

Vous Hotels & Retreats

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

As part of its real estate finance department, Van Doorne fields a 'well-rounded, deeply skilled' team that predominantly acts for lenders on a wide variety of project finance and development finance transactions. Public sector financing is a key area of growth, particularly in relation to hospital financing, education and private financing in residential housing. In PPP/PFI projects, the team concentrates on infrastructure and urban renewal. Angelique Thiele divides her time between the firm's Amsterdam and London offices, 'providing excellent guidance and advice' on cross-border real estate and development finance. Roel Botter specialises in healthcare financing. Real estate partners Ariën van Heesen and Mark Moolhuizen are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Angelique Thiele; Roel Botter

Other key lawyers:

Ariën van Heesen; Mark Moolhuizen; Babette Vos

Testimonials

‘Hard work ethic, good advice also on the commercial side ’

‘Whole team is good, Angelique Thiele provides excellent guidance and advice.’

‘The team is highly professional and leadership in their specialty.’

‘We want our advisors to take the lead and guidance. To be better than others. Van Doorne’s team does that.’

‘Angelique Thiele and her staff are in our real estate (financing) field well known for their personal professional and open contact. Goal driven and thinking about solving legal issues, within agreed timeframes and quotes, instead of creating them.’

‘We have worked with Angelique Thiele and Babette Vos in numerous deals and projects (like standardizing termsheets and general terms) in which they always gave their open and honest professional informed feedback which brought us, as an organisation, further as well.’

‘Excellent finance team. Great connections in the real estate industry’

‘Client dedication. Top quality tailor made approach’

‘The team is well-rounded, deeply skilled and has worked with each other for a long time. They give you advice from a principal/owner perspective. ’

‘Great team of integrated real estate (finance) experience. On the structuring, legal documentation and notary side, two notable partners are Angelique Thiele and Arien van Heesen.’

Key clients

Barings/MassMutual

BentallGreenoak

DRC Capital

PGIM Real Estate

Patrizia

OVG

Garbe Institutional Capital

Deutsche Hypo

Berlin Hyp

Rothesay

Aareal Bank

HSBC

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

Van Doorne’s real estate team is jointly led by Ariën van Heesen and Annerie Ploumen, who provides ‘a high-level of leadership’ and ‘stands up for the client’. Ploumen has over 30 years’ experience in transactional and project development work. Van Heesen is a civil notary and is a key name for cross-border transactions, turnkey developments and real estate financing. The firm advises on real estate matters concerning offices, logistics, retail, hotels and leisure, and healthcare and education spaces. Steffen Alleman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Annerie Ploumen; Ariën van Heesen

Other key lawyers:

Mark Moolhuizen; Steffen Alleman; Rob de Win; Jan Roeland; Cees Kniestedt; Angelique Thiele

Testimonials

‘They have high knowledge on the material, are flexible, easy to reach and always professional but friendly ’

‘Friendly, high experience, good price to quality ratio and always reachable ’.

‘The team delivers solid, independent advice and services, in time and as specified’.

‘Partner participation is the staple diet, but team members hold their own in the communication with, and delivery to, the client.’

‘We find the strength is in the team. There is never a ball dropped as team members co-operate in delivering the service to the client.’

‘Van Doorne is able to adapt and always has a solution-oriented approach’.

‘Legally brilliant, very practical and solutions-oriented, they are true dealmakers in the very best sense of the word’.

‘Steffen Alleman, our relationship partner and is a brilliant deal lawyer, a joy to work with and someone for whom literally no issue is unsolvable’.

Key clients

Cerberus

Tristan Capital Partners

Europa Capital

Patrizia

AEW

Schiphol Real Estate

BentallGreenOak Advisors

Aberdeen Standard Life

LIFE NV

Edmond de Rothschild REIM

PGIM

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

The finance team at Van Doorne remains particularly strong in the healthcare sector, where the team handles a large number of hospital financing mandates as well as acting for large pharmaceutical companies. The team is jointly led by Roel Botter and Angelique Thiele, with the former focusing on leveraged financing and public sector financing and the latter highly recommended for real estate and development financing.

Practice head(s):

Roel Botter; Angelique Thiele

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and commercial; dedicated/available; efficient; client-oriented mindset.’

‘Angelique and her team are well connected and very well informed about the market. They invest in thought leadership and therefore they are seen as one of the leading firms in the Dutch market.’

‘Personal yet still professional approach.’

‘Key persons do not change. Interaction between the different legal fields works very well. ’

‘High commitment and great care. As a client, you have the feeling that you can sign without any worries because the lawyers have thought about all relevant aspects.’

Key clients

Cromwell Property Group

EdR REIM

Stern Groep N.V.

McArthurGlen

TransIP / team.blue

BentallGreenoak (Equity)

Patrizia

Aluminium Delfzijl

Annexum

CEVA Logistics

Quadoro

Norgine

Tristan

Yandex

Garbe

VU Medical Centre

RadboudUMC

Teva Pharmaceuticals

LUKOIL

Repsol

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinanciering

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Van Doorne is highly experienced in the fintech sector, with a dedicated team that handles the full spectrum of work for such clients. Additionally, the team is well-known for its experience in pensions, with senior associate Sijbren Kuiper handling regulatory matters in the sector, while Friso Foppes advises on transactions. Other key names within the team include fintech specialist Louis Jonker and civil litigation specialist Simone Hoogeveen.  

Practice head(s):

Simone Hoogeveen; Jan Leliveld; Roel Botter; Cees Kniestedt; Friso Foppes

Other key lawyers:

Sijbren Kuiper; Louis Jonker

Key clients

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

BillFront

The pension fund for the Dutch Postal Service (Stichting Pensioenfonds PostNL)

Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V.

Stichting Pensioenfonds Openbaar Vervoer and Stichting Spoorwegpensioenfonds

Aegon

Cobase (Financial Transaction Services B.V.)

Bizcuit / Bizcuit Payments

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Van Doorne’s practice ‘delivers on every transaction it handles’ with a mid-market focus. The group’s sector-specific approach encompasses the TMT, real estate, consumer goods and retail areas; the Dutch team also acts for a substantial roster of private equity clients. Jeroen Sombezki leads the department, which also includes a distinct restructuring and distressed M&A team. Onno Boerstra, Hugo Reumkens and Friso Foppes are other key names to note, along with newly promoted partner Steffen Alleman and Meltem Koning-Gungormez, who joined with her team from Kennedy Van der Laan in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Sombezki

Other key lawyers:

Onno Boerstra; Hugo Reumkens; Friso Foppes; Steffen Alleman; Meltem Koning-Gungormez; Rein Bressers; Dimitri van Hoewijk

Testimonials

‘Strong focus on PE related (governance) issues. High calibre of people. Content-wise, very strong as well as on interpersonal skills.’

‘Hugo Reumkens stands out because of his deep knowledge on governance issues.’

‘In depth expertise, passionate, accurate and fast.’

‘Rein Bressers (associate) and Jeroen Sombezki (partner) are not only very capable but also accurate, fast and, on a personal level, a pleasure to work with.’

‘Experienced and hands-on team for large and smaller complex deals at competitive prices.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki stands out as an experienced and hands-on trusted adviser, able to anticipate and tailor deals to clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent team that delivers on every transaction.’

‘Steffen Alleman is the best M&A lawyer I have worked with in my 15+ years experience in M&A and private equity. Always committed to get the best deal done for his client and able to close transactions in challenging situations.’

Key clients

Altor Equity Partners

Artic Terminals

Aurelius Invest

Atomico

Digital Decisions

Eden Springs

Eichholtz Group

Erdo

Faerch

Fortum

Getir

Imagency Holding

Ingka (IKEA) Invest

Lagerwey

La Perla fashion Holding

MediaXplain/ServicePlan (House of Communications Amsterdam)

Morningstar

Olympia Group

Orpea

Puma Eneergy

Signicat

Solera

Stella Fietsen

Stern Group

Yarden uitvaartzorg

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 3

Van Doorne is noted for its expertise in planning and environmental law, which includes specialist knowledge in spatial planning and zoning matters. On the spatial planning side, the practice advises real estate developers on projects, including office transformations, housing projects and the expansion of retail locations. With regards to zoning, it handles environmental permits, such as noise, air, soil and safety. Cees Kniestedt heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Cees Kniestedt

Other key lawyers:

Annet Blokhuis

Testimonials

‘Very good all-round legal service’.

‘Creative and strong with complex legal cases’.

‘Legal products are high quality’.

Key clients

Hornbach Holding B.V.

SEIN (Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederland)

Friesland Campina Nederland B.V.

Municipality of Gooise Meren

Municipality of Amstelveen

Trion Vastgoed B.V.

Aberdeen Standard Investments

CANPACK Netherlands B.V.

DNB (De Nederlandsche Bank)

MG Real Estate B.V.

WSW (Stichting Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw)

Rederij Kooij

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

With ‘an excellent reputation in the healthcare sector’, Van Doorne also acts for clients in the food and beverage, IT, media and retail sectors. The ‘no-nonsense’ team handles the full range of competition work including EU law matters, state aid issues, competition litigation, antitrust work and procurement mandates. The ‘excellent and experiencedSarah Beeston and public procurement expert Gijs Verberne jointly lead the practice, which also includes counsel Cees Jan de Boer and associate Pim Jansen.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeston; Gijs Verberne

Other key lawyers:

Cees Jan de Boer; Pim Jansen; Nina Korstenbroek

Testimonials

‘I found the team in Van Doorne to be very professional in their approach to dealing with our subject matter. Information flow was steady and concise at all times.’

‘Sarah Beeston and Nina Korstenbroek are very intelligent and very pleasant to work with. Sarah Beeston has significant expertise in cartel cases and merger control and deals with the most complex cases. She heads the department with a great team assisting her, but she is also closely following up and involved in cases. She has also significant experience in follow-on damages cases.’

‘Sarah and Nina are pragmatic, competent and highly responsive. A pleasure working with them.’

‘None has excelled Van Doorne in terms of quality of advice which is not only technically very sound but also accessible. No nonsense, on point and very practical.’

‘Van Doorne’s EU and competition practice has experience in all the relevant branches of EU competition law. Van Doorne’s strong knowledge in the healthcare and life sciences industries and related standards is impressive.’

‘I enjoyed working together with Pim Jansen, who is definitely someone to watch in the field of EU industrial regulation. His solid knowledge of EU internal market law and the free movement framework is also appreciated. Pim combines a pragmatic legal mindset with a useful academic background, which is a real plus.’

‘Van Doorne’s competition practice delivers 100% satisfaction. Everything you can want from you legal team – highly knowledgeable, responsive, clear, to the point and friendly as well.’

‘Pim Jansen stands out for being an experienced and trusted advisor highly skilled in both competition and administrative law. This combination is useful across the entire field of competition law but also gives him a particular advantage in more specialised areas such as energy regulation.’

Key clients

Achmea

Trioplast

Capgemini

UniCredit

Fortum

Skechers

Oiltanking

Jungheinrich

Mercury

Hornbach

Schadegarant

Morningstar

D.O.R.C.

European Commission

Netherlands Cancer Institute & Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis

Technical University Eindhoven

Certe

Amsterdam UMC

‘s Heeren Loo

Nimbus

Erdo

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Nichicon

Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL)

Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland

OV bureau Groningen-Drenthe

Facilitaire Samenwerking Bevolkingsonderzoeken

Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag

ROC van Amsterdam (University of applied science)

Sociale Verzekeringsbank

Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU)

Benelux Office Intellectual Property (BOIP)

Province Utrecht

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

With expertise in mid-market work, Van Doorne’s ‘undoubtedly very competent practice’ is a go-to name for management teams involved in large private and public private equity transactions. The team’s sector approach spans the healthcare, finance, real estate and retail industries; Meltem Koning-Gungormez’s recruitment from Kennedy Van der Laan also expanded the firm’s technology and media sector experience. Other key practitioners include practice head Jeroen Sombezki, Onno Boerstra and Friso Foppes.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Sombezki

Other key lawyers:

Meltem Koning-Gungormez; Onno Boerstra; Friso Foppes; Emmy van Hengel; Dimitri van Hoewijk

Testimonials

‘This is undoubtedly a very competent practice, strong on M&A and with an excellent Healthcare specialist team that were quite crucial to us in completing our transaction.’

‘Partner Onno Boerstra provides knowledgeable and pragmatic legal advice.

‘Collaboration between team members is excellent.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki has in-depth knowledge on start-up and scale-up funding and thus is able to provide practical and valuable insight in both structuring and negotiation of the deal.’

‘Down to earth. Able to connect with multiple types of parties at the table. Always delivers, even under immense time pressure. Fair fees for the quality delivered.’

‘I regularly worked with Jeroen Sombezki (Partner) and Emmy van Hengel (Associate). With Jeroen I very much like the responsibility that he gives his team, which enables them to clearly advice a client rather than execute the partner’s advice only. In addition, Jeroen is very likeable and able to connect with entrepreneur’s which enables him to ‘bridge’ views from an investor point of view with the entrepreneur. As for Emmy I do think she is a great talent in the office. She clearly unburdens Jeroen in much of his work and puts forward her advice on many occasions.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Ventures

Altor Capital

Atomico Ventures

Aurelius Invest

Bencis

CRH plc

Deutsche Private Equity

EQT Ventures

Karmijn Kapitaal

Nordic Capital

NPM Healthcare

Oakley Capital

TPG Sixth Street Partners

York Capital

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Van Doorne’s restructuring and insolvency team is made up of debt restructuring specialists, litigation specialists and tax lawyers. It handles high-profile transactions, litigation, debt restructurings and cross-border insolvencies. Stefan van Rossum heads the practice and focuses on financial restructuring on the lender side, as well as leveraged financing and property financing.

Practice head(s):

Stefan van Rossum

Other key lawyers:

Jasper Leedekerken

Testimonials

‘Flexible, creative and able to think in the interests of all involved stakeholders’.   

‘Always looking for an innovative solution based on the last legal insights’.

‘They are positively surprising us with legal constructions and suggestions that improve our position’.

‘Stefan van Rossum is smart and very pragmatic, and is able to think in solutions instead of only mentioning what kind of risks are involved’.

Key clients

Aluminium Delfzijl (Aldel)

Argentem Creek Partners

Centerbridge

Davidson Kempner

Green Swan

Innsworth Advisors Limited

Intertoys

King Street

Nordic Trustee

Rabobank

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

York Capital

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

Sitting within the corporate department, the 'legally brilliant' team at Van Doorne provides sophisticated tax advice in relation to M&A transactions, privatisations, private equity deals and joint ventures, in addition to tax structuring and litigation. Sector strengths include healthcare and life sciences, financial institutions and real estate and construction, among others. At the helm is Rob de Win, who is recommended for real estate matters and indirect taxes, and is noted as 'brilliant and extremely solutions-oriented'.

Practice head(s):

Rob de Win

Other key lawyers:

Ewout van Asbeck; Jan Roeland

Testimonials

Legally brilliant, available, hands-on and deal-and solutions-oriented.’

Rob de Win is our contact partner for tax matters. Rob is very accessible, brilliant and extremely solutions-oriented. He is also a very calm and clear communicator who is able to put his brilliant solutions into words that a non-expert can clearly follow. In addition, he takes matters in hand in a way that inspires confidence.’

Key clients

Action

CRH plc

HEMA

Sixth Street Partners

Hunkemöller

Warehouses De Pauw

Xior Student Housing

Retail Estates

Care Property Invest

Yandex

Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Cofinimmo / Superstone

Westmont Hospitality Group

Westcore

Stada

Altor Capital

Patrizia

Zurich Insurance

H.L. Barentsz

BOA Coredux

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 4

Van Doorne’s full-service practice handles a broad range of transactional and contentious matters. The team has undergone significant expansion, with Rogier Schellaars joining with his team from Simmons & Simmons and Léone Klapwijk arriving from Loyens & Loeff. Hugo Reumkens jointly leads the group with Schellaars.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Reumkens; Rogier Schellaars

Other key lawyers:

Léone Klapwijk

Testimonials

‘Roger Schellaars is the litigator and advisor you want to have on your side’.

‘Roger Schellaars is a highly committed individual with the experience, in-depth knowledge, strategic thinking and board room credibility that will assist you as client in managing your risks’.

‘An enthusiastic and highly skilled team, with excellent knowledge of the law and good insights in the interactions between law and practice’.

‘Hugo Reumkens is an excellent lawyer with detailed knowledge of the law and he frequently acts as a public speaker and is an excellent and passionate lecturer’.

Key clients

AEB

Akzo Nobel

Alliander

Artic Terminals

Caratube International Oil LLP

China CEFC Energy Company

Delta

De Meerlanden

Development consortium Zalmhaven CV

ELIREF Holding SARL

Eneco

Enercon

Energie Data Services Nederland (EDSN)

Enexis

Exem Energy B.V.

Fortum Holding B.V.

Friesland Campina (mandate)

Groenleven

Ingka Investments B.V.

Lagerwey

Lukoil

Management Royal Vopak terminals

Prinses Amalia Windpark

Puma Energy Americas Holding B.V.

Renewi Nederland B.V.

Sumitomo Corporation

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

The 'skillful and practical' Kriek Wille, who heads the Van Doorne practice oversees the media and technology practice in addition to IP. As well as traditional IP protection she focuses on online business and media and the creative/innovative sectors. Her team's clients range from The Walt Disney Company, Laboratoires La Prairie, and LG Electronics to Hunkemöller, Skechers, and Nomad Foods. The team, including Chris In ’t Veld and Dominique Geerts, undertake the full range of both contentious and transactional work, while Bas Pinckaers is noted for his range of expertise in patents, trade secrets, trade marks, and designs.

Practice head(s):

Kriek Wille

Other key lawyers:

Bas Pinckaers; Chris In ‘t Veld; Dominique Geerts

Testimonials

‘The team delivers pragmatic and practical overviews of the situation at hand and comes up with potential solutions, especially in conflict situations, which we can negotiate and that prevents us from a long and costly court case with an unknown outcome.’

‘Mrs Kriek Wille is a highly qualified, pragmatic, and solution-oriented counsel. ’

‘They have up to date and in-depth knowledge of the subject and furthermore are specialised in IP in the public domain. Their knowledge is not limited to The Netherlands, but includes trans-national (EU and beyond EU) expertise.’

‘Kriek Wille provides in-depth and up to date legal advice. She also manages to provide this advice in the context befitting our organisation. Since she is able to combine legal expertise with daily use for us as her client.’

‘They have a strong will to get things done and do it in an accurate and no-nonsense type of communication. ’

‘Helpful and flexible. Quick to respond.’

‘Solid knowledge; practical solutions offered.’

‘Kriek Willie and Chris Veld were very quick to pick up on the technical aspects of the case even though the product which was the subject of the dispute is not something one often comes across. Their ability to remain objective was much appreciated, even if this meant some rigorous inquiry and tough questioning for their own clients in getting up to speed with the facts. This provided in-house counsel with the reassurance that their assessment was realistic.’

‘Over the years, the team has gained in consistency and depth. This is typically a litigation practice, capable of dealing with complex cases. Careful, considerate, aware of the bigger commercial picture, but very sharp. Any in house legal team will enjoy working with this team.’

‘Kriek Wille is heading this practice for a number of years. Her recognition in the market for being an outstanding professional and for leading an outstanding team has grown considerably over the years. Kriek has an exceptional ability to analyse IP issues in the context of the overall commercial interests of any client, as a result of which clients quickly rely on her judgement. In IP litigation, she is second to none.’

Very good experience in IP law. Distinctive from other offices in the market in terms of knowledge and experience.’

Personal contact, sound strategy, good consultation‘.

‘No-nonsense, first-class legal support. ’

‘Kriek Wille – highly skillful and practical lawyer. Honest about chances and position of the client.’

Key clients

Accell Group

Air Supplies Holland

A.P. van den Berg Holding B.V. (APB)

Arovo BVBA

Biolitec Ltd. and Biolitec Pharma Marketing Ltd.

CIV Superunie

Coolergiant Computers Handels GmbH

Dagelijks Leven Holding B.V.

Durabo B.V.

Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center

Enermax Technology Corp.

Erdee Media Group B.V.

Gebr. Kooy

HKM Hunkemöller International GmbH

Inshared (Achmea)

La Prairie Group AG

MacGregor/Cargotec

Medialane Theater BV

Merck /MSD Global Security Group

Nuts Groep B.V.

Oiltanking GmbH

O.P.I. Products, Inc.

S. Weisz Uurwerken B.V.

Sound United B.V.

Stichting Cliniclowns

Stichting Rataplan

Textkernel, a Career Building company

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Wibra Supermarkt B.V.

The firm: Van Doorne is a multi-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With approximately 195 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for 90 years in a broad range oflegal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne is part of an extensive worldwide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to provide clients with advice and assistance swiftly across the globe, without being bound to any firm. Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions. This is reflected throughout the firm. From the way in which lawyers work together to the ngo’s and non profit organisations that are supported by the firm. Van Doorne ‘reaches further and stays close’. That is, first and foremost, the firm’s promise to its clients but also to its partners, associates and young talent.

International work: The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, semi-public government institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work carried out by the banking and corporate teams (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. For that purpose, over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions. Van Doorne strongly believes in the advantage to be able to instruct, and receive instructions from, top firms in other jurisdictions for international transactions.

Clients: Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for many years, and that is something to be very proud of.

For more information: www.vandoorne.com

Managing partner: Saskia Laseur
Management team: Saskia Laseur together with
Jasper Leedekerken, Rob de Win and Jeanine Helthuis
Number of partners worldwide: 43
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 196
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Onno Boerstra
Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations Jan Leliveld
Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations Ed van Liere
Corporate Law Onno Boerstra
Corporate Law Hugo Reumkens
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Employment & Benefits Els de Wind
Employment & Benefits Marjolijn Lips
European & Competition Law Sarah Beeston
European & Competition Law Gijs Verberne
Finance & Restructuring Roel Botter
Finance & Restructuring Stefan van Rossum
Public Procurement Gijs Verberne
Real Estate Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate Ariën van Heesen
Healthcare & Life Sciences Willemien Bischot
Healthcare & Life Sciences Dimitri van Hoewijk
Information & Communication Technology Bart van Reeken
Insurance Law Annemieke Hendrikse
Insurance Law Walter Hendriksen
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Intellectual Property & Media Kriek Wille
Privacy and Data Dr Elisabeth Thole
Real Estate Transactions Angelique Thiele
Real Estate Transactions Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate and Construction Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate and Construction Mark Moolhuizen
Tax Ewout van Asbeck
Tax Rob de Win
Technology, Media & Telecom Jeroen Sombezki
Technology, Media & Telecom Kriek Wille
Government & Education Saskia Laseur
Energy, Industry & Renewables Léone Klapwijk
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Mr Maarten Appels  photo Mr Maarten Appels Maarten is an experienced specialist in corporate law. He has a wealth…
Mr Jordie Bakker  photo Mr Jordie Bakker Jordie is a member of the Real Estate team. He focuses on…
Mr Jelmer Baukema  photo Mr Jelmer Baukema Jelmer is a senior associate (lawyer) in the finance and restructuring practice…
Mrs Sarah Beeston  photo Mrs Sarah Beeston Sarah Beeston heads the European & Competition team of Van Doorne. She…
Mrs Lisette Bieleveld  photo Mrs Lisette Bieleveld Lisette is head of Van Doorne’s Commercial team. She advises and litigates…
Mrs Willemien Bischot  photo Mrs Willemien Bischot Willemien heads Van Doorne’s Healthcare & and Life Sciences practice. Willemien advises…
Mrs Annet Blokhuis  photo Mrs Annet Blokhuis Annet’s passion lies in the dynamic and ever-changing field of environmental and…
Mr Johan Boeren  photo Mr Johan Boeren A specialist in corporate and tenancy law. Johan has a wealth of…
Mr Onno Boerstra  photo Mr Onno Boerstra Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts and management…
Mr Roel Botter  photo Mr Roel Botter Roel has extensive experience in financial transactions. His experience includes acquisition finance,…
Mr Friso Foppes  photo Mr Friso Foppes Friso is an expert in corporate law. Friso specialises in particular in…
Mr Andy Furr  photo Mr Andy Furr Candidate Civil-Law Notary
Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse  photo Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse Annemieke (LLM UCL) heads Van Doorne’s Insurance team. She works in Van…
Mr Walter Hendriksen  photo Mr Walter Hendriksen Walter Hendriksen specialises in complex issues involving director’s and officer’s liability, professional…
Mrs Simone Hoogeveen  photo Mrs Simone Hoogeveen Simone is partner at Van Doorne and has a wealth of experience…
Mr Pim Jansen  photo Mr Pim Jansen Pim is part of the European & Competition Law team. He specializes…
Mr Louis Jonker  photo Mr Louis Jonker Louis Jonker is a leading expert in law and technology. Louis has…
Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek  photo Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek As corporate law specialist, Sjoerd advises and litigates for internationally renowned clients…
Mrs Léone Klapwijk  photo Mrs Léone Klapwijk Léone advises network operators, supply and production companies in the regulated sector…
Mr Cees Kniestedt  photo Mr Cees Kniestedt Cees is a highly experienced authority on Property, with special interests in…
Mrs Meltem Koning-Gungormez  photo Mrs Meltem Koning-Gungormez Meltem has extensive sell-side and buy-side experience in mid-market mergers and acquisitions,…
Mr Sijbren Kuiper photo Mr Sijbren Kuiper Sijbren is a pension law specialist. He represents a large number of…
Mr Saskia Laseur  photo Mr Saskia Laseur Saskia has worked as a civil-law notary for nearly 20 years, having…
Mr Jasper Leedekerken  photo Mr Jasper Leedekerken Jasper is a member of Van Doorne’s management board and heads the…
Mr Jan Leliveld  photo Mr Jan Leliveld Jan is part of the Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations team. He…
Mrs Vanessa Liem  photo Mrs Vanessa Liem Vanessa is part of the Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations Team. She…
Mrs Marjolijn Lips  photo Mrs Marjolijn Lips Marjolijn is a seasoned employment law specialist and trusted advisor for both…
Mr Mark Moolhuizen  photo Mr Mark Moolhuizen Mark is a very experienced expert in the area of private construction…
Mr Bas Pinckaers  photo Mr Bas Pinckaers Bas heads Van Doorne’s Patents and Trade Secrets practice His technological focus…
Mrs Annerie Ploumen  photo Mrs Annerie Ploumen Annerie specializes in property and financing of this property. She assists companies…
Mrs Fleur Potter  photo Mrs Fleur Potter Fleur is a senior member and driving force of our arbitration team.…
Mrs Cara Pronk  photo Mrs Cara Pronk Within the International Employment Law team Cara specialises in cross-border employment, collective…
Mr Hugo Reumkens  photo Mr Hugo Reumkens Hugo is a very experienced corporate law expert. He mainly focuses on…
Mr Jan Roeland  photo Mr Jan Roeland Jan is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Mr Rogier Schellaars  photo Mr Rogier Schellaars Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration and related proceedings. He leads Van…
Mr Jeroen Sombezki  photo Mr Jeroen Sombezki Jeroen is part of the Corporate team. He is an expert in…
Mr Steven Sterk  photo Mr Steven Sterk Steven specialises in employment law. In particular, he focuses on statutory directors…
Mr Sjoerd Stokmans  photo Mr Sjoerd Stokmans Sjoerd specializes in Dutch and international tax law applied i.a. to reorganizations,…
Mr Arnout Stroeve  photo Mr Arnout Stroeve Arnout primarily focuses on designing and restructuring international structures, financing and private equity…
Mrs Angelique Thiele  photo Mrs Angelique Thiele Angelique is part of the Financing team. Working from the Amsterdam and…
Dr Elisabeth Thole  photo Dr Elisabeth Thole Partner and Head of Privacy Team. Extensively experienced in assisting clients with…
Mr Gijs Verberne  photo Mr Gijs Verberne Gijs is a highly experienced and internationally recommended specialist in European and…
Mrs Alexandra Weidner  photo Mrs Alexandra Weidner Alexandra is a member of the Commercial team. She specialises in drafting…
Mrs Kriek Wille  photo Mrs Kriek Wille Kriek heads the IP / Media practice and is co initiator of…
Mr Özer Zivali  photo Mr Özer Zivali Özer is a member of the Privacy Team and is specialized in…
Mr Cees Jan de Boer  photo Mr Cees Jan de Boer Cees Jan specializes in market regulation and competition law in healthcare, pharmaceuticals,…
Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg  photo Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg Pieter is a dispute resolution specialist. With broad litigation experience, including in…
Mr Rob de Win  photo Mr Rob de Win Rob is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Mrs Els de Wind  photo Mrs Els de Wind Trusted advisor and seasoned employment lawyer with focus on corporate employment law…
Mr Daan ter Braak  photo Mr Daan ter Braak In the notarial practice, Daan’s specialty is corporate law and more in…
Mr Ewout van Asbeck  photo Mr Ewout van Asbeck Ewout van Asbeck’s tax practice is a mix of transactional work, both…
Mr Ariën van Heesen  photo Mr Ariën van Heesen Ariën is a partner in the Real Estate team. He is a…
Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk  photo Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk Dimitri is part of the Corporate team and member of our Healthcare…
Mr Ed van Liere  photo Mr Ed van Liere Ed has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in the area…
Mr Albert van Marwijk Kooy  photo Mr Albert van Marwijk Kooy Albert is a seasoned specialist in pension law. He has many years…
Mr Bart van Reeken  photo Mr Bart van Reeken Bart negotiates in a way which contributes to the success of relationships.…
Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena  photo Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena Pieter specializes in liability and insurance law, concentrating on professional liability, product…
Mr Stefan van Rossum  photo Mr Stefan van Rossum Stefan is a seasoned finance and restructuring lawyer and head of our…
Mrs Willeke van Spanje  photo Mrs Willeke van Spanje Willeke is a member of the Litigation and Insurance team. She has…
Mr Bas van Zelst  photo Mr Bas van Zelst Bas van Zelst is a partner in Van Doorne’s arbitration practice. Bas…
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Van Doorne believes in the power of diversity and change. Another perspective, free and open communication, and respect for each other are crucial to improving ourselves. Our success derives from being an organisation in which every employee works at the peak of their inspiration and capacities. 

Our society is multi-coloured and diverse. Van Doorne wants its workforce to reflect that. Diversity fits seamlessly with our informal and open organisation. We are a firm where people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, neurology, gender and sexual orientation are given scope to develop initiatives, take responsibility and be themselves. That way, we can offer the inventiveness and the open mind that lead to the best solutions.  

Male/Female ratio virtually equal 

Saskia Laseur is our Managing Partner and she leads by example. Our diversity policy has been acknowledged and encouraged in the form of various awards and distinctions we have received for successful policy in the legal profession. By signing the Charter Talent to the Top in 2008, we committed to a real, self-selected objective for more female talent in the top and sub-top levels. 

  • Aboutone third of our partners are female
  • The male/female ratio of fee-earners is almost equally balanced

More cultural diversity and less distance 

We aim at diversity in terms of cultural background, religion and ethnicity as well. We help reduce the distance between graduates from minority sectors and the labour market. We have done this, together with VU University Amsterdam, partly by building a bridge to students from a non-Western background. We also have close relationships with student associations for students from a non-Western background. 

In the application process, we use culture-fair cognitive tests to ensure that no ethnic or cultural group will have an unfair advantage over another. In our office, we have a faith room to give individuals of any faith the opportunity to undertake their own specific religious practices. Our belief in diversity is nothing new. In the past, Van Doorne signed the declaration of intent named ‘Diversity within the legal profession’ from a wholehearted conviction.  

Acknowledgement, acceptance and visibility of LGBT individuals 

We have been closely involved with Stichting Forward from the outset. Forward is a foundation that focuses on promoting LGBT acceptance, acknowledgement and visibility within the Dutch legal profession. One of our lawyers, candidate civil-law notary Andy Furr, is a member of the Supervisory Board of this progressive organisation. 

Each year, we celebrate Pride together at the office and we support the annual international competition Pride Photo Award. We exhibit the photos in our office, to stimulate conversations about sexual diversity and gender diversity. 

At Van Doorne, we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves, including in the area of diversity. In February 2020 we conducted a Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) research at the firm. The aim of the scan is to inform and accelerate our policy on diversity. At the moment, the D&I policy is being established as a result of this report and the actions we have defined for ourselves. The policy focuses on the internal organisation and on the employment market. The objective is to have an organisation in which everyone feels at home, where there is room for individuality and where people are given the opportunity to get the best out of themselves. 


We advised DEEN on an agreement with Albert HeijnVomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt, related to the proposed sale of all 80 store branches of DEEN Supermarkten to these three parties. The intention was that 39 will become a store operating under the Albert Heijn brand; 22  becoming a store operating under the Vomar Voordeelmarkt brand; and 19 becoming a store operating under the DekaMarkt brand. It was a complex case that needed a multi-disciplinary approach from our office. Various specialists from, for instance, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Competition Law and Tax Law, were involved in this case. 

We advised Morningstar Inc. (a global financial services firm and a listed company at Nasdaq) on the acquisition of the remaining approx. 60% of the shares in the capital of Sustainalytics Holding B.V. (topco of the Sustainalytics group). The other shares in the capital of Sustainalytics Holding B.V. were acquired by Morningstar in 2017. Van Doorne advised on this transaction as well. Sustainalytics is a global leader in Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Corporate Governance research and ratings. The mission of Sustainalytics is to provide the insights required for investors and companies to make more informed decisions that lead to a more just and sustainable global economy. 

We advised Yandex as Dutch counsel in relation to the contribution of Yandex.Drive (cars-haring) in MLU, the ride-hailing and foodtech joint venture between Yandex and Uber. We also advised Yandex on increasing its participation in MLU (partly as a consequence of the contribution). Following the addition of Yandex.Drive to MLU, Yandex owns 61.7% of MLU, while Uber owns 33.5% of the issued share capital of the company. The remaining shares are reserved for MLU management and employees. Yandex.Drive was developed by Yandex in February 2018. It offers on-demand access to a fleet of 16,000 cars in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi, making it the largest free-floating car-sharing platform in Russia and the world. Since its launch, users have completed more than 73 million rides on Yandex.Drive. 

We advised the shareholders of Getir on a major funding round involving share subscription and the issuance of new sharesGetir is a Turkish start-up founded in 2015. Through a mobile app, Getir offers a fast on-demand delivery service for groceries. In addition, it is a courier service for restaurant food deliveries. Getir has raised US$128m in this Series F round, through the issuance of new shares, and now has a total valuation of around US$800m. A range of investors (such as Michael Moritz, Revo Capital, Base Partners, Tiger Global, Goodwater Capital, Fiba Group and Esas Holding) are involved. This deal is significant as it contributes to the high growth potential of the company and enables the expansion of its current services to different countries in Europe.